The Jesus Tent is an outreach ministry of First Baptist Church, Manchester
Music fans at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival have been seen queuing in their hundreds to enter the ‘Jesus Tent.’ The tent workers offer prayer to the revellers, with many even being invited to follow Jesus. The volunteers also hand out free food, shampoo and sunscreen, alongside many other essential items to the fans.
The Jesus Tent is an outreach ministry of First Baptist Church, Manchester, and supported through a team of churches from Duck River Baptist Association and other associations, and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), according to The Baptist Press.
“We set up the tent on Wednesday night at 5 p.m., and we run straight through to Sunday afternoon,” said Jake Dorak, associate pastor and minister of missions and evangelism at First Baptist. “We’re open night and day, 24 hours a day.”
Incredibly, this year there were approximately 200 spiritual decisions, including conversions, rededications and prayer requests.
“I can honestly say that I have not found a better, or easier, place on the face of the planet to share Jesus than at Bonnaroo,” said Evans, “and I blame the Holy Spirit for that. Before we even get to the tent, the Holy Spirit is at work, preparing the hearts (of the attendees) for what’s in store.”
But the Christian volunteers don’t just stay static in the tent, they love to get out there and spread the message of Christ’s love. “The goal is not for us to sit in the tent and have people approach us,” Evans said. “We want to go out into the crowd and bring our message to them.”